mental illness http://nhpr.org en Moving Ahead On Mental Health Care http://nhpr.org/post/moving-ahead-mental-health-care <p>In the 1990s, New Hampshire topped national rankings for its mental health system. Over the past twenty years, however, care has deteriorated to the point of crisis. With the erosion of community-based care, a ‘revolving door’ pattern of hospital admissions, and an alarming number of mentally ill Granite Staters in our prisons and jails. And so, in early 2012, the Disabilities Rights Center filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of six plaintiffs who had experienced prolonged stays in state institutions. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 43749 at http://nhpr.org Moving Ahead On Mental Health Care NHPR News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-gun-bills-statehouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire lawmakers are mulling two bills that would expand background checks for gun purchases.</span></p><p>The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require private sellers to conduct sales through licensed firearm dealers who, under federal law, must perform background checks on prospective buyers.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:22 +0000 Brian Wallstin 43381 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse 2.4.14: Ancient Emotion, Graham Cracker, Netflix Documentaries, And Doug Elkins http://nhpr.org/post/2414-ancient-emotion-graham-cracker-netflix-documentaries-and-doug-elkins <p></p><p>Guess what. (What?!). You got the better of Monday. Reward yourself with a healthy dose of <strong>Word of Mouth</strong>. Today, we're looking at mental illness in our ancient ancestors, the prudish beginnings of the graham cracker (minus the chocolate and marshmallow), Netflix documentaries, and the choreography of <strong>Doug Elkins</strong>. Dance your heart out, relax with Netflix, and replenish with a s'more. Just steer clear of the ancient hallucination-inducing furies. <strong>Listen</strong> to the full show and scroll down for more on each segment.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:20:14 +0000 Word of Mouth 42904 at http://nhpr.org 2.4.14: Ancient Emotion, Graham Cracker, Netflix Documentaries, And Doug Elkins Mental Health Checks And Gun Rights http://nhpr.org/post/mental-health-checks-and-gun-rights <p>A new bill would prohibit gun sales to some with mental illness. Supporters say it’s a common sense public safety measure. But there has been fierce opposition from some gun-rights groups, and from advocates who say the mentally ill are being unfairly singled out and are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 42514 at http://nhpr.org Mental Health Checks And Gun Rights DHHS Commissioner Toumpas http://nhpr.org/post/dhhs-commissioner-toumpas <p>You would think that the commissioner of the state’s largest agency has one of the biggest to-do lists of the year, and for Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, you’re probably right. A new year brings new challenges for Toumpas: with Medicaid, there’s the implementation of its managed care program, as well as the continuing debate over its expansion. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy & Faith Meixell 42197 at http://nhpr.org DHHS Commissioner Toumpas Assessing Mental Health Care: One Year After Newtown http://nhpr.org/post/assessing-mental-health-care-one-year-after-newtown <p>The unthinkable event that left twenty school kids and six teachers dead in Newtown, Connecticut last year, stunned a nation. But Newtown didn’t stand alone; there have been many incidents in the last few years that left us in disbelief, like the ones at Virginia Tech, Washington’s naval shipyard, an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, and a Wisconsin Sikh Temple. The two things they had in common: a gun was used, and in many cases the perpetrator had a mental illness. This year, as debates crossed the country about gun control; the question ‘are we doing enough for the mentally ill?’ arose. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39955 at http://nhpr.org Assessing Mental Health Care: One Year After Newtown Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care http://nhpr.org/post/meting-out-money-mental-health-care <p>With rising need and limited dollars, how best can we use funding? Should we add more acute care hospital beds, boost community services, focus on drug and alcohol treatment or diseases like schizophrenia?</p><p> <strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38388 at http://nhpr.org Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care Diagnosing Depression http://nhpr.org/post/diagnosing-depression <P>A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines the often-hidden but serious problem of this mental illness. An estimated one-in-ten Americans have this disease and have to deal with not only the symptoms, but managing the health care system and the stigma around depression. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 24022 at http://nhpr.org Diagnosing Depression Author Circles Purgatory With Personal Tale Of Depression http://nhpr.org/post/author-circles-purgatory-personal-tale-depression <P>Research <A href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2013/five-major-mental-disorders-share-the-same-genes.shtml" target=_blank>published last month </A>suggests that major mental illnesses may&nbsp;have more genetic associations than previously thought,&nbsp;perhaps leading&nbsp;to new diagnoses and treatments.&nbsp;Author&nbsp;<STRONG>David Blistein&nbsp;</STRONG>wrote his&nbsp;latest&nbsp;book, "<A href="http://davidblistein.com/book-page-davids-inferno/" target=_blank>David's Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression</A>,"&nbsp;&nbsp;inspired by his own experience. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:34:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23616 at http://nhpr.org Author Circles Purgatory With Personal Tale Of Depression Five Surprising Radio Station Locales http://nhpr.org/post/five-surprising-radio-station-locales <p>We recently talked with psychologist&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky&nbsp;</strong>about&nbsp;Radio La Colifata, the world’s first and largest radio station broadcast from a psychiatric facility. She made several visits to El Borda National Psychiatric Hospital in Buenos Aires to see, and hear <strong>Radio La Colifata </strong>for herself.&nbsp;</p><p>It got us thinking about other unique places with radio broadcast frequencies. Here's our top five. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:36:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Alison Kuzmickas 17952 at http://nhpr.org Five Surprising Radio Station Locales Word of Mouth 11.24.2012 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-11242012 <p><strong>Part 1: The Awesomeness of Procrastination/Fashion Trucks</strong></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17015 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 11.24.2012 Attorney General Denies State Violating Federal Law http://nhpr.org/post/attorney-general-denies-state-violating-federal-law <p>New Hampshire is denying claims made by the U-S Department of Justice that the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.</p><div><p>The&nbsp;Attorney General&rsquo;s Office issued a formal response to the findings&nbsp;Tuesday.</p><p>The U-S Department of Justice concluded in April that the state was violating federal law in the way it treats the mentally ill.</p><p>It criticized the state for failing to provide adequate community-based services, leading to prolonged stays at the state hospital.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 22:33:10 +0000 Amy Quinton 787 at http://nhpr.org Farm Therapy Comes to NH http://nhpr.org/post/farm-therapy-comes-nh <p>A new mental health program in the Concord area is getting promising results by taking clients to a typical New England farm.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:45:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 625 at http://nhpr.org Farm Therapy Comes to NH Word of Mouth for November 14th, 2011 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-november-14th-2011 <p>The full broadcast from Monday, 11/14.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 411 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth for November 14th, 2011